Kenyan double Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge took part in a mass pursuit 5km race in Paris to mark 1000 Days to Go to the 2024 Olympic Games in the French capital, with 1000 people finishing ahead of him.
The world record holder was the last man to start the 5km race but still overtook more than half the field in 14 minutes and 25 seconds.
Nearly 3,500 people set off on a cloudy morning in Paris in five tranches ahead of Kipchoge in hopes of staying ahead of the 36-year-old.
The thousand or so runners who finished ahead of the legend, having been given a head start and holding on to their lead, were rewarded with a spot in the mass public marathon that will be held on the same day and on the same course as the Olympic race in three years’ time.
“I’m very happy to have done this race,” he said. “The crowd was fantastic. At the end, it was fun to see people sprint and go all out to cross the line,” Kipchoge said.
This was a return for Kipchoge to the distance in which he was world champion, albeit on the track, in 2003 and a two-time Olympic medalist in 2004 (bronze) and 2008 (silver).
Kipchoge, the only man to have run the marathon distance in under two hours, has not decided if he will race at Paris 2024.
More events have been planned in the 999 days that remain between now and the Opening Ceremony.